Adventure junkies hit the slopes

Thomás O’Donoghue, competing in the Dingle Adventure Race on Mount Brandon, Cloghane, on the Dingle Peninsula. All photos Valerie O’Sullivan
Thomás O’Donoghue, competing in the Dingle Adventure Race on Mount Brandon, Cloghane, on the Dingle Peninsula. All photos Valerie O’Sullivan

Stephen Fernane

You normally don't need a reason to head for the scenic wonderland that is the Dingle Peninsula but when there is an adventure race enticing you, then turnout is always going to be that bit greater.

And so it proved at the 2019 Dingle Adventure Race (DAR) which once again lived up to its hype as walkers and runners from across the county, country and beyond scaled new heights on Saturday. This multi activity adventure race consists of three courses: biking over the spectacular Conor Pass, climbing Mount Brandon, and running the coastal roads of Slea head, Ceánn Cibéal, Dún Chaoin and Mount Eagle.

Although it's a tough test of human endurance, the DAR is renowned for its atmosphere as it attracts serious adventurers as well as teams of people looking for an enjoyable time in the great outdoors. Even though walkers and runners are well spread out at various intervals along each route, losing sight of the fact it's all a bit of fun never seems to lose traction.

The winner of the full course category was Shane Scully in a total time of 3:02:51. Laura O'Driscoll was the first woman home in 3:33:52. Niall Smith won the 'sport' section in a time of 2:01:28, while the 'mini' category was won by David White in 1:07:31. The organisers of DAR are once again grateful to Dingle Whiskey for its sponsorship, and to Sean Daly and family at Dingle Crystal for the providing very attractive trophies.

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